Christmas Gift Bow (Foldable)

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Standard Profile - 5 grams of filament! (Version 3 with a reinforced peg/"lock")
Standard Profile - 5 grams of filament! (Version 3 with a reinforced peg/"lock")
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Smaller version ~3.4 grams! Read description.
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Hilbert Curve Top Surface (Standard Size Bow) - Perfect when using Textured PEI Plate!
Hilbert Curve Top Surface (Standard Size Bow) - Perfect when using Textured PEI Plate!
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x1 Max bed size 4.7 Inch (120mm) bow - 0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 15% infill
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Description

Ho Ho Ho, and a Merry Christmas!

Presenting the 5 gram Christmas Gift Bow!

Easy to print, easy to assemble and easy to enjoy!


Personally, I suck at making a nice bow on Christmas Gifts. I am, however, quite good at letting my 3D-printer do the work for me, while I sit back and relax. So, here we are!

(Make sure to check out my Christmas Twisting Ornament, for another great, low-weight Christmas print!)


Update:
A smaller version at ~3.4 grams is also available now!

Be aware that the smaller version does require tighter bending, so the flexibility of your PLA needs to be even higher.
I have tested it with a few of the regular PLAs I currently have in stock, and all worked fine. But your mileage may vary.
Just be extra careful when bending. And if it keeps failing, consider just sticking to the standard version or follow the tip at the bottom of this description :-)

Assembly

Assembly is done by first feeding the top ribbon through the slots at the bottom, and then pressing it onto the circle mount in the middle (slightly bending the ribbon first does make the assembly a bit easier - please refer to my poorly filmed assembly video below).
After that, the rest of the ribbons can be inserted under the middle and pressed onto the circle mount in any order, you like!

The ribbons are supposed to be a bit tight, when pressing them onto the ‘circle mount’ - this is to ensure they stay in place, without having to glue everything in place. I wanted this bow to require no additional materials to assemble!




If you find the fit to be a bit too tight or a bit too loose, please try changing the X-Y Hole compensation in the Quality-tab in the slicer:




Now all that is left to do, is to attach the bow to the gift using some glue/tape/etc.

Filament to Use

I've personally succesfully printed and assembled the bow with both cheap, generic PLA, brand name PLA, PLA+, High-Speed PLA, etc.

However, Silk PLA, Matte PLA and other “special” types of PLA might not work as well, as they can be too brittle to bend like this.
You could try placing the print on the hot bed, set to 70-80 degrees, to heat up the bow after it has been removed from the build plate. That will soften up the PLA and might make assembly with these materials possible. I personally haven't tested this yet, so I won't guarantee anything :-)
Shout-out to Paul Elrod for this idea of heating up the print using the hot bed prior to assembly.

If you have issues with the ribbons creasing/breaking, it is often due to how the lines line up with the bend. Changing the Top and Buttom Surfaces to either Concentric can mitigate this issue. Increasing your wall count is also one way of making the print stronger!


Merry Christmas and Happy Printing!

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Bought my first ever 3D printer as a Christmas gift to myself and figured this would finish off the look. I’m all seriousness, this is awesome! Thinking of printing little names and gluing them on the front for gifts to family and friends. great job!
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First of all, what a majestic Christmas gift to give to oneself - I'm all for it! Second of all, thank you so much for sharing - the print looks great! And I love your idea. I would love to see a picture of the finished product, if you actually end up doing it!
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Standard Profile - 5 grams of filament! (Version 3 with a reinforced peg/"lock")
Printed one on my texture PEI Plate and one on my smooth PEO plate. Both look really cool! Already printing a few more.
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Damn they look clean! Is that a Silk PLA? Also, consider using my print profile with the Hilbert Curve top pattern when using the Textured PEI Plate. The pattern really matches well with the Texture of the PEI plate! :-D
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Replying to @TheBear :
Yes it's silk! It's Viva La Bronze from Prusa. I will try the print profile you mentioned :)
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Came out great. wife asking me print bigger version.
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Looks really good! Remember you can feed the middle peg through the holes in the bottom to keep everything even more "collected" :-) And thanks for the rating! :-D
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haha. thank you. I didn’t realize those slots were there.
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x1 Max bed size 4.7 Inch (120mm) bow - 0.2mm layer, 2 walls, 15% infill
cute!
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Glad you liked it - and thank you for sharing your print! :-D
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very nice model. 4 stars because my fingers hurt after putting it together 😅
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Haha, that's fair enough. I was worried it might be a bit uncomfortable for some to assemble it - but I'm glad you still liked it enough for a 4 stars rating! The print looks great btw :-)
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Replying to @TheBear :
I will definitely print some more👍 I love the reusability.
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Really cool idea! Prints fast and is easy to assemble. Looks really beautiful!
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I was actually a bit worried that no-one would enjoy the idea as much as I do - so thank you very much for sharing! Your print looks great!
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Top print in under 10 min. x1c special tunning
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came out great!
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Thanks for sharing your succesful print! And thank you for the boost, I really appreciate that! :-D
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No problem man
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Tried printing in PLA silk rainbow, can confirm its not as easy to bend, one of the pieces snapped as I bent it. May have been ok if I warmed it first. Printed in normal PLA afterwards n was perfect.
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Thanks for the rating! And what filament is that - it looks amazing :o But I'm sorry to hear you're having a bit of issues with the bending - warming up the print will always make things easier. But one thing I've noticed, is that the print snaps where the lines align with the bend. One way to mitigate this, is to attempt with a Concentric or Archemedean Chords Top Surface pattern instead - and perhaps rotating the print, so no lines are directly parallel to the bends. No guarantees of course. Some filaments are just a bit too brittle - especially Silk PLA :-)
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Hilbert Curve Top Surface (Standard Size Bow) - Perfect when using Textured PEI Plate!
Printed perfectly. Added to the tree
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Great print, thanks for sharing! I'm so glad to see my design on other people's Christmas Trees! :-D
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Fantastic design! I had some trouble getting the top ribbon to make such a sharp turn through both slots, which led to some broken bows. With the top ribbon a bit taller and skinnier, the slots could be made smaller and further apart. The top ribbon tucks in nicely, and I haven't broken any bows printed this way on my Ender 3.
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Making the top ribbon go all the way around on the back like that is an ingenious idea! I've actually recently been revisiting this bow to improve the design a bit - but I didn't move the slots quite as far apart as you have done. But perhaps that is the better way of doing it. Thank you for sharing! :-)
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